Christian Artists To Know: Nicole C. Mullen

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Nicole C. Mullen
Genre: R&B
Styles: Funk, Neo-soul, Contemporary Christian
Location: Nashville, Tn.
Label: Word Records
Website: NicoleCMullen.com
Christian label: yes
Category: The Spiritual whats this?

Nicole C. Mullen is a peculiar artist.  Her music is a mix of Contemporary Christian Music anthems such as the Dove award winning “On My Knees”, “Redeemer” and “Come Unto Me”; African, funk, R&B raves such as “This This”, “Freedom”, “Under The Shadow”;   and Neo-soul grooves like “Dancin’ in The Rain” and “Color”.  Nicole C. Mullen is a highly sought after songwriter, choreographer, author and speaker.

Why is our site, which covers underground Christian music, covering an eight-time Dove award winner?  Nicole C. Mullen is one of the rare “Christian” artists who can sing in front of people who know nothing about Jesus Christ and leave them wanting to know Him in a close and intimate way through her well-crafted, stylish songs.

Nicole C. Mullen‘s cds are as musically diverse as anyone on today’s music scene.  Her soft R&B-twinged voice and a relaxed soulful phrasing style is the central core that runs through every song.   Some of Nicole C. Mullen’s songs feature heavy African instrumentation and rhythm progressions.  Many of Nicole C Mullen’s songs are lavishly orchestrated anthems that are sung in churches throughout America.  Experience both in this long video where she performs both “Redeemer” and “Witness”.

Nicole C. Mullen recently said, “I love writing about reality from a Christian’s point-of-view. I believe that we as believers are called to make an impact on our culture. We are compelled to do that,” she says. “We as believers are called to give light to the world and we can’t give light by hiding. We’ve got to let those around us know we are believers in Jesus Christ, so I do my best to do that in my songs.”  She expresses that philosophy in her music as well.  Read the lyrics from “Blowing Kisses/Love Divine”:

Walkin’ down Broadway I saw a mom and her baby She came up to me And asked me for a dime I said now come on I’ll take you to this diner Gave her more than food It cost me 6 o’ 5

People don’t need just money, people need love and time Spent a little time with the hurting honey and got myself love-a-fied Now I’m

(Chorus) Blowin’ kisses to the one I love Blowin’ kisses to the father above Helpin’ others to feel His touch Blowin’ kisses to the one I love

Well, she said their names Were Rachel and Little Nikki I said, “Hey, that’s strange Cause Niki’s my name too” As she turned to go She spoke the words of blessing With an angel’s voice, she said “I see the Christ in you”

Nicole C Mullen uses her talents and fame to reach to the world as well. She established a mentor group for girls called “The Baby Girls Club”. She and her husband, David Mullen, are youth leaders in their local church, tutor inner-city youth, and participate in Kids Across America summer camp( http://kidsacrossamerica.org/) for inner city youth. Nicole C. Mullen is also active with the International Needs Network Ghana, an organization that works to free Trokosi slaves in Ghana. Here she is creating a place for these horribly abused female Trokosi slaves in a few minutes of joyful singing

Nicole C Mullen is an important R&B artist who sings about Christ.  Nicole C. Mullen is a vital Christian music artist whose songs fill churches across America every Sunday.   Nicole C. Mullen is a fun recording artist who makes dancable, singable songs.  Enjoy.

Download Nicole C. Mullen’s entire libaray of music here Nicole C. Mullen

Or you can order Nicole C. Mullen cds from Amazon by clicking on the links below. I would suggest the Christams cd as a must have.

Redeemer: The Best of Nicole C. Mullen

Sharecropper’s Seed, Vol. 1

A Dream To Believe In, Vol. II

Everyday People

Nicole C. Mullen

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Christian Artists To Know: Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin
Genre: Gospel
Sub-genres: Urban, Choral, Hip/Hop
Location: Dallas, Texas
Label: Fo Yo Soul/Gospo Centric/Zomba
My Space Page: http://www.kirkfranklin.com/
Christian label: yes
Category: The Spiritual whats this?

For anyone who follows Gospel or Hip/Hop, this article may seem ridiculous.  Introducing you to Kirk Franklin is like introducing you to Barrack Obama.  This article is not for you.  This article is for all of you indie hipsters, rockers and two-steppers who think Gospel is music for your grandmother. As Kirk proclaimed in the opening of his breakthrough cross over song “Stomp”:

For all of you who think Gospel music has gone too far;

You think we’ve gotten too radical with our message;

Well, I have news for you;

You ain’t heard nothing yet. And

If you don’t know, now you know,

Glory, Glory!

With “Stomp”, Kirk Franklin and God’s Property burst through to the mainstream charts. The song, featuring Cheryl “Salt” James (of Salt-N-Pepa), went heavy rotation on MTV, charted at number 1 on the R&B Singles Airplay chart for two weeks, and even made it into the Billboard’s Top 40. God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation was number 1 on the R&B Albums chart for 5 weeks, number 3 on the Pop charts, and would go on to be certified triple platinum.  With 2Pac, Toni Braxton and Dru Hill topping the charts that year it is amazing that this song achieved such mainstream success.

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Combing heavy backbeats with the generous use of samples and prominent choral arrangements, Kirk Franklin brought Gospel back to the streets.  Before his arrival in 1993, contemporary gospel music leaned toward ‘positive’ messages alluding to Jesus and a righteous walk of faith set to lightly groovin’ tracks. Franklin brought choirs to the hip/hop sound, sampled familiar musical themes from all genre’s and placed Godly messages in the same heavy rotation as other urban pop music.

But “Stomp” was not a starting point for Kirk Franklin; it was just a step in one of the most successful careers we have seen in Gospel music.  This musical prodigy, who started playing piano at the age of four and was leading the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir at the age of eleven, released the biggest selling debut Gospel cd of all time, Kirk Franklin & The Family, in 1993.  He has released ten other cd’s over the years and has recorded with Mary J. Blige, Bono, Crystal Lewis, Boys II Men, TobyMac, Mary Mary and many, many others.   Franklin even hosts his own Gospel, “American Idol-like” talent show, “Sunday’s Best” on BET.

As Kirk Franklin has matured in his life and his marriage, he has began exploring deeper and deeper subject matter, including his own failings.  Here in a performance of “Let It Go” he expresses the struggles men, from all walks of life, face trying to be a real man of God while holding onto hurt and pride:

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Kirk Franklin is the biggest selling gospel artist in Soundscan history with over 12 million albums sold and over 20 #1 singles on Gospel radio.  He is also a highly respected music artist with five Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, 34 Stellar Awards (gospel), 12 Dove Awards, 4 NAACP Awards,  two BET Music Awards, and a Soul Train Award to his credit.  Reading about Kirk Franklin’s humility and love for God, he would take no credit and give all the awards to God; and meant it.

Kirk Franklin brought God to the mainstream music charts in a very direct and open way.  He led a revolution in Gospel music. If you consider yourself well versed in Christian music, you must know Kirk Franklin.

Kirk Franklin’s music can be found digitally on Kirk Franklin

You can also buy his CDs on Amazon: Kirk Franklin and the Family (1993), Whatcha Lookin’ 4 (1996), The Nu Nation Project (1998), The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin (2002), Hero (2005), Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1 (2006), The Fight of My Life(2007)